House delegation backs pay raise for officials

Proposal would affect sheriff, state's attorney

March 20, 2005|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Pay raises for Harford County's sheriff and state's attorney took a big step toward approval Friday when the county House delegation gave preliminary approval to bills that would increase the salaries.

By a vote of 5-to-3, the delegation backed a Senate bill that would boost the sheriff's salary from $90,000 a year to $98,500, effective in December 2006.

A second Senate bill would give the state's attorney the same pay raise.

The bills would also link the salaries to the consumer price index, which could lead to automatic pay raises of up to 3 percent a year, said Del. Barry Glassman, chairman of the delegation.

"That's the part I don't like about the bills," Glassman said.

"It shouldn't be automatic. I don't think we should give up the authority to say when and how much. To my knowledge, it's not this way in any other jurisdiction."

If the two bills are approved by the General Assembly, the pay increases will apply to whoever is elected sheriff and state's attorney in next year's election.

Glassman voted against the pay raise. Democratic Del. Mary-Dulany James and Republican Del. Joanne S. Parrott joined him.

Parrott said she was also opposed to the automatic annual salary adjustment.

James said the bills came in late, and there was not much time for public comment. She wanted to delay the bills until next year.

Glassman said that as a result of Friday's vote, the bills would likely be approved by the Assembly.

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